A non-profit research project operating out of Gatineau, Quebec is hard at work to create a new population of weather-resistant bees. The Apicentris Collective aims to create a "super bee" in Canada that can withstand our harsh winter climate. The bee would also help fight fatal parasites and pathogens.
According to Cottage Life Magazine, the Apicentris Collective is being run with the help of several Gatineau-area beekeepers, who hope to create a network of beekeepers that would result in an urban-wide research project for the "super bee". The purpose is to protect Canada’s declining bee population who have an important effect on the country’s plant life.
According to a report by CBC, most bees in North America are originally from Europe, which presents a number of challenges for our fragile bees. Researchers hope to correct this problem by creating an all-new Canadian "super bee", which will be able to adapt and survive to the country’s weather conditions.
“The cold weather is not the only problem the honeybee faces. Changing weather conditions are the honeybees’ real enemy. We are having warmer fall months, hotter summers, and wetter springs. All of these add a lot of stress on the bees. These conditions should be considered when developing the super bee,” explained Toronto beekeeper Michelle Wolfson to the Weather Network.
According to Wolfson, climate change and difficulty finding food for the bees also play into the decline in the bee population. Back in April, a team of researchers from York University warned Canada that the American bumblebee was facing imminent extinction.
So in conclusion, developing a "super bee" is certainly a good place to start, but according to the expert, other factors also should be addressed in Canada's overall plan to protect bee populations.